The moment that you heard that your aging parent has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you knew that you were at the beginning of a challenging journey with them. They will progress through this disease and experience changes in their needs and challenges, and require an ever increasing amount of support and care. If you are going to step in to become the family caregiver for your aging parent as they go through this journey, it is important that you take the time to prepare yourself and those around you. This will be a difficult experience, but it can also be one of the most meaningful and memorable of your life.
Use these tips to prepare to be a family caregiver for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease so that you can protect your own health and well-being while giving your parent the care that they need:
- Educate yourself as much as possible about Alzheimer’s disease, the stage that your parent is currently in, and what you might expect moving forward so that you can feel better prepared.
- Talk to your partner about the challenges that you are going to face and how you feel about them. Let them know that they are going to be an important source of support for you and that you will rely on them not just to help you with caring for your parent and your children, but also emotionally.
- Talk to your children about the disease and the changes that they might experience in their grandparents. Particularly if they are close to your parent, it is important that they understand how the disease will affect them and their relationship. Reassure your children that even as you are caring for your parent more, you will still be there for them and that they can actually be a valuable addition to the care routine for your senior.
- Seek out a support group for caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. This group will provide you a place to talk about your emotions and feelings, get support and advice, and feel as though you are not alone.
- Prepare yourself with stress relieving and stress management techniques such as aromatherapy, yoga, books of poetry, or set-aside time each week for yourself. By having these measures put into place at the beginning of the journey, you can continuously use them to help keep your mind and body as healthy as possible throughout this challenging time
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be stressful and challenging. Fortunately, home care can be there for you to ease this stress and make the journey easier and more fulfilling for your aging parent and for you. A care provider can be in the home with your parent on a schedule that is customized to your parent’s needs as well as the time that you are able to devote to caring for them so that your senior has access to the level of care that is right for them. Through these highly personalized services a care provider can ensure that your parent has the support, care, and assistance that they need to manage their daily needs, fulfill activities of daily living, maintain medication compliance, manage their health challenges, and stay as independent and active as possible as they age in place. This can help them to maintain a higher quality of life throughout their later years and support a better lifestyle for you as well.
If you or someone you know needs caregiver services in Blaine, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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